Sunday, September 22, 2013

A sad goodbye.

It's been a bit of a bum weekend here at Chez Wanderingcat. This morning we were awoken by a phone call I've been expecting for the past few days.

My grandpa, my Dad's father, lost his brief battle with cancer this morning - just a few weeks shy of his 78th birthday. It's one of those situations - I'm glad he's no longer in pain, but the world is little less sunny today, knowing he's not in it any more.

Grandpa Johnson was an outdoorsman, a hunter, and angler and a car enthusiast. He loved bad jokes and making his grandchildren laugh. He's the man who called me Spiderlegs Jr. (Spiderlegs was Mom... for her long-legged form), and never let me leave his garage without a chocolate bar in my hand, a pocketful of loose change and smear of car grease on my face.

Oddly enough, I don't have a lot of photos of him - all the ones I do have a pre-digital and my scanner is broken, so I can't share any.

The service will be small, and in the next day or so. I have been knitting (it helps to have something to focus on), so there will be a happier post soon.


Nancy Kay said...

"Seashells remind us
that every passing life
leaves something
beautiful behind."

Your grandfather sounds like a great guy. My sympathies to you, Jen, and your family.

Nancy Kay said...

Sorry, meant to say Valerie...and your family.

Monika said...

I'm so sorry for your loss!

Anonymous said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. He sounds like a wonderful Grandpa and it's nice that you have lots of great memories.

There ain't NOTHIN' wrong with a little car grease! :-) I LOVE that!

Mo said...

I'm very sorry for the loss of your beloved grandpa.


Araignee said...

So sorry....sending you hugs of sympathy from down south.
Knitting does soothe the soul. I just started a charity blanket to heal my heart from a loss I suffered this weekend also.

Rachelle said...

Keep in your heart the good times you had together

Frieda said...

I'm so sorry for your loss ! He sounds like a wonderful man and grandpa , hugs to you and all of your family .

bittenbyknittin said...

So sorry for you and your mom, to have lost such a wonderful presence in your lives. Take care.

lexa said...

So sorry for your loss! Today my boss informed me that her great aunt passed away last night. She found out three weeks and three days ago that she had cancer. Sad. :(

Alisha said...

Hugs your way. Loss is never easy. I am so glad you find comfort in the craft you are so amazing at!!